Knowledge

Ohio
United States
Knowledge, Rhinegeist Brewery
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
88
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

In 2016, we embarked on a lengthy, hop-minded mission: to brew an incredibly tasty Imperial IPA. We sourced hops, ideated, experimented and iterated, deliberately molding the intense and refined liquid that we pined for. In early 2017, we heard the secret music and Knowledge — Truth’s big brother — was born. This resinous, dank and zesty brew is available year-round.

Profile

ABV: 
8.5%
IBUs: 
98
Served at: 
40 - 45º
Hops: 
Simcoe, Centennial, Chinook, Columbus
Malts: 
Two-Row, Wheat Malt
Judges Review 
Jessica Sullivan's picture
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Knowledge by Rhinegeist Brewery is being judged as a Category 22A (Double IPA). 

The aroma had complex and strong hop presence, with lemon, grass and pineapple hitting up front. This was followed by a low crackery biscuit malt presence. There were no obvious fermentation characteristics; the aroma was clean and without off-aromas. 

The beer itself was crystal clear, and a beautiful orangey-amber color with orange highlights when held to the sun. The head was off-white and moderately high with poor retention (as would be expected given the high alcohol content). 

The flavor was similar to the aroma, except the hop complexity increased even further; pine and delicate floral notes came and joined the party. The bitterness was moderately high -- perhaps a bit low for this style. The balance was clearly towards the hop, although the lingering bitterness was not harsh. 

The mouthfeel was pleasant; while the bitterness left a lingering dryness in my mouth, it did not border on astringency and it ended up leading to a surprisingly clean finish. There was no creaminess.

Overall, a very drinkable beer that I would be happy to be served. While the bitterness and alcohol presence could be a bit higher for the style, I appreciated the balance -- it's hard to craft a beer that has this many strong flavors and to achieve such balance!

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